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Nat "King" Cole: When I Fall in Love - The One and Only (2004)

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  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00062IDL0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The 20 sparkling full length performances from The Nat King Cole Show featured on this DVD prove what a consummate artist Cole was, whether singing in his intimitable style or demonstrating his skills as a pianist. The track listing includes many Cole faovrites such as "When I Fall In Love", "Somewhere Along The Way", "Tenderly", "The Christmas Song", "Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire" and of course his signature tune "Mona Lisa". Several of the guests who appeared on the show are also featured in duets with Nat including Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis, Jr., The Oscar Peterson Trio, Johnny Mercer and the Mills Brothers. Between the songs there are interviews with Nat King Cole's wife Maria, his three daughters Natalie, Casey and Timolin, his brother Freddy, and with Bob Henry, the producer/director of the original series. The whole program is linked by narration from actor Dennis Haysbert.

Track Listing: 1. When I Fall In Love 2. Chicago 3. Just You, Just Me 4. Sweet Lorraine (with the Oscar Peterson Trio) 5. Somewhere Along The Way (with Sammy Davis, Jr.) 6. Caravan 7. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face 8. I'm In The Mood For Love 9. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart 10. Crazy Rhythm 11. Opus One (with the Mills Brothers) 12. It's Only A Paper Moon 13. Too Close For Comfort 14. Tenderly 15. Mona Lisa 16. Almost Like Being In Love 17. Blueberry Hill (with Billy Preston) 18. Save The Bones For Henry Jones (with Johnny Mercer) 19. The Christmas Song 20. Sitting On Top Of The World


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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the warm and wonderful Nat King Cole January 21, 2005
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Singing 20 songs and playing the piano, these are marvelous clips from Nat King Cole's 1956 NBC television show, which sadly was ahead of its time, and could not get sponsorship, so the decision was made by him to cancel. It was nevertheless a big groundbreaker for that period of history, and this incredible musician and singer was the "Jackie Robinson of television", and suffered the consequences.

His charismatic presence on the screen is amazing, and there is a warmth and naturalness to him, as if he was singing to you in his own home; one senses that he was a great human being as well as a great singer, and he certainly was "one of the most beloved vocalists in music history".

The music for the most part has a strong jazz flavor, and he does 2 numbers with the Oscar Peterson Trio (Ray Brown on bass, Herb Ellis on guitar), with Coleman Hawkins joining them on "Sweet Lorraine". There's a terrific duet with Ella Fitzgerald ("Too Close for Comfort"), and one of my favorites is with the great Johnny Mercer, "Save the Bones for Henry Jones". Another treasure is his rendition of "The Christmas Song", heavenly 365 days a year.

Interviewed are his 3 daughters, Casey, Timolin, and Natalie, his beautiful wife Maria, and brother Freddy. The producer/director of the NBC show, Bob Henry, talks about the show, and his admiration and respect for Cole.

Nat King Cole had his first big hit in 1941, and continued to have chart-toppers until his passing at age 48 of lung cancer. His rich, smooth voice and easy-going style have been an inspiration to singers that have come after him, and a joy to listeners for all time. This DVD is a lovely way to remember him, hear his fabulous talent, and feel the glow of his personality.

The audio/visual quality from the TV show is as one would expect from the '50s (the interviews are of recent vintage), and total running time is approximately 1 hour.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Swooning. February 17, 2010
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What a voice! What charisma! When Nat King Cole sings, you feel he's singing only for you. A great selection of songs and interesting details of his life. A most enjoyable addition to our DVD collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine combination of interviews and performances February 16, 2013
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I really enjoyed this DVD, which is a documentary about Nat "King" Cole's pioneering variety series, which aired on NBC-TV from 1956-57. Contrary to what is claimed in the documentary, Nat was NOT the first African-American to host a TV variety series: jazz pianist-singer Hazel Scott had her own show on the old DuMont Network in 1950, six years before Nat. Maybe Hazel's show was overlooked because it was on DuMont, and not on one of the three major networks (CBS, NBC, and ABC, although ABC was not really a major player until the 1970s).

Most of the performances on this DVD are the same ones that are on The Incomparable Nat "King" Cole, Volumes 1 and 2; however, there are four songs that are exclusive to this DVD: "Chicago," "Caravan," "I'm In The Mood For Love," and "Crazy Rhythm." Some of the other performances are different as well; for example, on this disc, "Blueberry Hill" is a duet between Nat and the young Billy Preston (little did either one of them know that Billy would grow up to be the Fifth Beatle!), while the performance of the same song on the INCREDIBLE DVD is a solo performance by Nat.

Also included are interviews with Nat's family (widow Maria, and daughters Natalie, Casey, and Timolin), plus the producer-director of THE NAT KING COLE SHOW, NBC's Bob Henry, who also produced The Flip Wilson Show many years later.

A very enjoyable documentary/retrospective that is a "must-have" for all Nat "King" Cole fans.
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